We want to acknowledge up front that there’s no definitive proof of alien life, nor is there any evidence that UFOs have ever visited Earth. That being said, there are thousands of people all over the world who have said they’ve seen a UFO, had contact with alien life, or were even abducted. Then there are the cases where encounters got too close and people lost their lives or vanished, never to be seen again.
10. The Kenneth Arnold Sighting
On June 24, 1947, Air Force Employee Kenneth Arnold was flying around Mount Rainier when he saw nine flying objects. They were saucer-shaped objects and moving incredibly fast at an altitude of 10,000 feet. They would fly in and out of formation — if one dipped, the rest followed suit. His story was published in the newspaper, making it the first time a flying saucer was talked about in a newspaper in the United States.
Just days prior, a man working on the shores of Maury Island, Harold Dahl, told a co-worker that he saw six donut shaped aircrafts. All of them were 100 feet in diameter. They didn’t have any noticeable forms of propulsion, and five of them hovered over the sixth one. The one on the bottom apparently spewed molten rock and metal, dropping debris to the Earth. The debris injured Dahl’s 15-year-old son, killed their dog and damaged their boat. According to Dahl, a man in black visited him the next day and threatened his family if he talked.
But Dahl did talk again. He met Arnold in a hotel room, along with a United Airlines pilot who also saw the UFOs and two Air Force pilots, Frank M. Brown and William L. Davidson. During this meeting, Brown and Davidson were given pieces of debris that fell on Dahl. The debris was either made of metal or lava. They were to transport the debris to a California military base. On August 1, 1947, the two men, plus two crewmembers, took off from McChord Field in Washington State. Only a short distance later, their B-52 caught fire. The two crewmembers parachuted to safety, but the two men believed to have known that there was alien cargo on board perished in the crash. On August 3, 1947, it was reported in the Associated Press that the two men died while investigating flying saucers.
9. The Thomas F. Mantell Incident
On January 7, 1948, Kentucky state patrol started getting calls that there was a large object, with a diameter of about 300 feet, flying over Maysville and heading slowly west. The state patrol in turn reported the object to the military. People on the nearby military base and local witnesse watched the object as it either hovered motionless or moved slowly. After an hour and a half, the base sent four F-51 Mustangs, led by 25-year-old Thomas F. Mantell, to investigate. At 22,000 feet, three out of the four planes had stopped climbing, but Mantell continued on. Eventually he reached over 30,000 feet, and then his plane went into a spin and crashed.
The official explanation is that the UFO was a weather balloon, but uflogists have issues with this explanation. Someone at the fort or one of the pilots would presumably have been able to recognize a weather balloon at 14,000 feet. And the last transmission of Mantell said, “My God, I see people in this thing!”
8. The Colares UFO
The citizens of Colares, Brazil were supposedly the victims of hostile alien forces beginning in 1977. There were a number of UFO sightings, and the aliens fired beams of light at citizens. In total, 400 people were hit with lights from the sky, and the lights would suck blood out of its victims. Due to the shape of the injuries, the UFOs were called “Chupa Chupa,” which translates to “Sucker Sucker.” Out of the 400 attacks, two people were apparently killed.
It became such a problem that the mayor of Colares asked the government for assistance. The government had a team from the Air Force, led by Captain Uyrangê Bolivar Soares Nogueira de Hollanda Lima, survey the area. According to the official report, their four-month mission didn’t find any evidence of unusual phenomenon and the light attacks stopped.
Twenty years later, Captain Uyrangê gave an interview to two UFO researchers. He claimed he and his team saw and even interacted with UFOs. Three months after the interview, Captain Uyrangê was found dead; he had hanged himself. Conspiracy theorists believe that Captain Uyrangê was killed because he said too much, or that the depression that led to his suicide stemmed from his time in Colares.
7. The Kinross Incident
On November 23, 1953, an object appeared on the radar at the Kinross Air Force Base near Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Lieutenant Felix Moncla and radar man Second Lieutenant Robert L. Wilson were sent to investigate. At the base, Ground Control watched as their jet approached the UFO, the two objects merged and the now single dot disappeared off the radar.
Search teams from both the United States and Canada were formed, but no evidence of the plane, the men on board or the UFO has ever been found. There were two official stories given by the air force. The first was that Moncla got vertigo and crashed into Lake Superior. They also theorized that the plane crashed with a Canadian plane, but the Canadian government adamantly denied that. The mystery remains unsolved over 60 years later.
6. The Man in the Guarapiranga Reservoir
According to many conspiracy theorists and ufologists, animal mutilations are a sign of aliens visiting Earth. The aliens seem to be mostly interested in cattle, but according to some people, human mutilations have happened too. In 1988, the badly mutilated body of an unidentified man was found in the Guarapiranga Reservoir in Brazil. The man had been dead for two to three days, but there was no smell, he wasn’t decaying and animals hadn’t started eating him. His lips, eyes, tongue and ears had been removed. There were also a number of 1.5 inch round holes in the body, and the body was drained of tissue and muscle. His genitals had been mutilated and the anus had been cored out. It was as if someone drained him and took specimens. Amazingly, the man didn’t have any restraint marks on his body, and bleeding had been minimal.
The report and the pictures were given to an expert on animal mutilations, and he said the injuries were very similar to those performed on cattle. While this story may be too much to believe, there are pictures of the body. They’re extremely graphic, but can be found here if you’re so inclined.
5. Jonathan Lovette
In March 1956, near the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, Sergeant Jonathan Lovette and Major William Cunningham were looking for debris from a missile test. Lovette descended a small dune and was out of Cunningham’s sight for a few moments. Then Cunningham heard Lovette scream. He looked over the dune and said he saw a silver, disc-shaped saucer hovering 15-20 feet above Lovette. Coming out of the craft was a snake-like object that wrapped itself around Lovette’s legs and dragged him up to the ship. The ship then took off into the sky.
The shocked Cunningham ran to his jeep and, using the radio, reported the incident to the base. An immediate search was carried out, and personnel at the base believed that Cunningham had murdered Lovette and hidden his body. Teams immediately began searching and covered over 100 square miles. On the third day of searching, Lovette’s badly mutilated body was found about 10 miles away from the base. His tongue had been removed through his jaw, his eyes had been removed, his body had been completely drained of blood and, like other mutilations, his anus had been hollowed out.
4. Zigmund Adamski
On the afternoon of June 5, 1980, 56-year-old miner Zingmund Adamski went missing while out running errands in Yorkshire, England. He was in a good mood and was looking forward to the wedding of his goddaughter the next day, so it was unusual he would go missing.
There was no sign of him until five days later ,when his dead body was found on a pile of coals 20 miles away in a different town. His body was found at 3:45 p.m. and it wasn’t there when the mine yard was last used at 11:00 a.m. The police noted that his clothes were in good shape, but his shirt, watch and wallet were missing.
His body was taken in for an autopsy, and it appeared he died from a heart attack between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on the day he was found. While it’s odd enough that a man suffering from a heart attack would climb onto a pile of coal, that was just the beginning. Adamski had been missing for five days, but he only had about a day’s growth of beard. It also looked like he had been fed and taken care of, except for the burns on his neck and shoulders. They had been there for at least two days, and some ointment the medical examiner couldn’t identify had been applied to burns.
One of the police officers that arrived at the coal yard was on patrol on the night of November 28, 1980, about a mile from the yard. He claims he had an encounter with aliens himself, and he can’t recall 15 minutes from that night. Meanwhile, in California there was a man named George Adamski, who wrote a number of books on aliens and UFOs. People have questioned if the wrong Adamski was kidnapped and killed.
3. The Lead Masks Case
On the afternoon of August 17, 1966, two engineers, Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, left their home in Campos dos Goytacazes, Brazil to supposedly get supplies for work. Hours later, witnesses saw them in Niteróil, where they bought waterproof coats and a bottle of water at a bar. A waitress said Viana looked nervous and was constantly checking his watch. After they left they went missing.
A man who was flying a kite found their bodies three days later in the mountains. He called the police, although because of the location of the bodies they could only get to the scene the next day. When they did get there, they found one of the most unusual death scenes ever investigated. The two engineers were wearing suits, the waterproof coats and lead masks over their eyes. The masks appeared to be homemade. They also had a notebook with them that read, “16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals, wait for signal, mask.”
The autopsy didn’t determine the cause of death, as their organs had deteriorated too much. There was no way to tell what the pill they wrote about consisted of. It’s also unclear what they were writing about, but conspiracy theorists believe the pair had previously made contact with alien life and were going to a rendezvous. The masks, and possibly the pill, were to protect them from the contact with the UFO or aliens. UFOs were spotted in the area around the time the men died.
2. Frederick Valentich
On October 21, 1978, Australian pilot Frederick Valentich was flying a Cessna light aircraft over Bass Strait in Australia. At 7:06 p.m. Valentich started radioing the tower to describe a large aircraft that was flying 1,000 feet above him. He described the unusual aircraft to ground control, who didn’t see the object on the radar, saying it had four bright lights and a shiny, metallic exterior. He also described it as “very long,” although it travelled at a high rate of speed and couldn’t get a good look at it.
Then it seemed to disappear from Valentich’s sight. When it reappeared, Valentich’s gauges looked like the plane was fine, but the engine started idling. His last transmission was “… my intentions are… ah… to go to King Island… ah… Melbourne that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again… (Two seconds open microphone)… it is hovering and it’s not an aircraft…” followed by what sounds like 17 seconds of scratching metal.
Valentich and his plane were never found. Some believe that aliens abducted him, while others believe he faked his own death to collect insurance money. In defense of Valentich, there were a number of reports of UFOs in the area.
1. The Dyatlov Pass Incident
In January 1959, seven men and two women went on a mountaineering expedition in the Ural Mountains. On the fourth night there was a storm and they were stopped in a very inhospitable place open area near the top of the mountain and forced to set up camp.
Ten days later, search teams were assembled to go looking for the nine mountaineers. They found their camp on Kholat Syakhl, but it had been abandoned. In fact, there was a large hole cut from the inside of the tent. It looked like they had run away from something in such a rush that they didn’t take any of their clothes or supplies with them.
Their bodies were found a short distance away at the edge of the forest. They had been badly mutilated, burned, and some had suffered radiation poisoning. Three of the bodies had injuries similar to those sustained in a high speed car accident, but there was no lesions on the skin that could explain how they were crushed. Also, a few had been aged prematurely. The mysterious deaths led some people to speculate that aliens were involved.
The way they ran from the tent seems to indicate they were fleeing something. Why else would nine experienced climbers leave their tent in such a hurry? Some locals said they saw orange orbs flying in the sky the night they went missing. Theorists believe these orange blobs made have had something to do with their deaths, although the most plausible explanation is considered to be avalanche damage.